Jade Hagen

Contact J.hagen@student.has.nl
With us since February 2017
Favourite animal at the WSC Etu, Ela & Maikan

For the most part, when I was young we only had cats. We, my siblings and I, really wanted a dog. My parents did not agree until a few years ago, around the time of my high school years. My parents are separated but somehow decided to get a dog in the same weekend. Both dogs are different from each other. My father's dog, a brown Labrador retriever named Koda, is a quite calm house dog. My mother's dog, a black and white stabyhoun named Siebe, is a lot more active. He really changed my mom's life.

Thanks to him she started her own dog walking and training business, in which I started to help. In the beginning, I helped with the walks when I was free from school. They are always super excited to see us and walk with us. All of the dogs are different and it is amazing to see how they have their own quirks and characters. Soon I started to help out in the training as well and even though it can be cold on a big training field, it is really cool to see the pups grow up. For some exercises you can almost see the gears turning in their heads.

After graduating high school I started studying Applied Biology and moved to the city of my studies. However every weekend I went home and helped with the dog training. From the start, I knew behaviour was where I was most interested in. The first few years are very broad and also included projects about totally different fields in biology. I got through and finished the first two years of the 4 years. The third year is dedicated to internships and I was sure on doing mine in the behavioural research, my dream being doing behavioural studies with wolves, dogs. Even though I love dogs I still considered the wolf my favorite animal. I am not totally sure why.

After hearing about the Wolf science center I definitely wanted to do my internship here. After applying a second time I got accepted and will be staying here for 4 months. My project is about treadmill training with social support and compare the dogs and the wolf’s behaviour during these sessions.